FORMER Latics boss Harry Kewell is back in football as the new head coach of National League Barnet.

The Australian left Boundary Park in March after seven months in charge with Oldham 16th in League Two.

The former Leeds and Liverpool ace will now take over a club that finished at 23rd in the top tier of non-league but was not relegated after the curtailment of the National League North and South seasons.

“Barnet is a fantastic football club but we need to get the club back on the right path and get going back in the right direction,” Kewell told his new club’s website.

“The chairman and myself have put a really exciting backroom team together, with the view of a collective unit being the driving force behind a successful future for the football club.

“That starts with me as a head coach, but also with all of the staff, players and of course the supporters, we need to be a collective group with the ambition of bringing brighter days back to this incredible club.

“There’s plenty of hard work to do to get us going in the right direction and I can’t wait to get started.”

Kewell has been appointed alongside a new head of football at the Hive, Dean Brennan, most recently the manager of Wealdstone.

His Oldham departure three months ago was the latest in a long line of managerial changes by owner Abdallah Lemsagam, the 42-year-old having been the sixth permanent appointment since the Moroccan’s takeover in January 2018.

That is now seven following Keith Curle’s arrival but no Latics boss has completed a full season at the helm since Lee Johnson in the 2013-14 campaign.

Kewell oversaw 32 league games, the same as predecessor Dino Maamria, the joint-longest of any appointment under the Lemsagams.